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It’s Carnival time!

It is this weblog’s eleventh Mardi Gras, and the first one was right after Katrina. It was beautiful and we saw Indians, New Orleans Indians and Lafayette Indians in box hats, bonnets carrés. This year again, I will be looking for Indians.

The weblog was, effectively, born at midwinter, so this is its tenth anniversary.
Ten years es una etapa, yes.

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“A whole one”

I bought a book that I was tired of getting by inter-library loan. I ordered a good used copy online. It is an overpriced book and I had only ever seen it in paperback. I thought I would receive a paperback copy.

When it arrived, it was in hardcover. I heard myself say: “Oh, look! I got a whole one!”

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Dreams

I dreamed I had washed and dried, in the washer and dryer, a wool cloth coat with a faux fur collar, by mistake. This ought to have ruined it, I would have thought, but it came out fine.

I dreamed I was at the MLA translating Fernando del Paso, and I had hired a team of Spanish speaking typists from China to transcribe my work.

It was unclear where the MLA was taking place, but it seemed to be in a large provincial city along a tropical river, perhaps an Amazon tributary or a similar river in Africa.

Does anyone have ideas for interpretations of these dreams?

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Du loisir

This year’s objects of leisure study are Johann Sebastian Bach, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Huey P. Long, and Thorstein Veblen. It is important to remember.

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The MLA Subconference

CoyoteCoat

I just signed up for the MLA Subconference, and so should you.

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Roberto Saviano

Narco cartels like Guzman’s are not adversaries of global capitalism, nor even pastiches of it; they are integral to – and pioneers of – the free market. They are its role model.

Tout lire.

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T-frère

christophe

Here is our youngest brother, just after defending his dissertation today.

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